Travel Writing Bursary

2016-02-27 14.10.59 copyKindly donated by Mairi Hedderwick, this bursary will support one place on the Moniack Mhor Travel Writing Course from Monday 22nd until Saturday 27th August 2016. The tutors for the course are Rory MacLean and Jay Griffiths with guest Katharine Norbury. It is hoped that this opportunity will support those wanting to develop skills in the genre and enhance their writing practice.

2016 Winner Announced!

We’re happy to announce Jamie Grant as the Winner of this year’s Travel Writing Bursary. Jamie impressed judges with his sample of writing from his book Altiplano, based on several trips to Bolivia in search of his father’s past journeys.

Winner: Jamie Grant

JamieGrant- Winner author photo cropTravel and writing have been in Jamie’s blood ever since he was a child. Born in the Star Mountains of Papua New Guinea to a Scottish geologist father and an American mother, his most formative years were spent in remote postings around the world. Time spent in Brazil and Chile sparked a lifelong passion for South America. In 1996 Jamie completed an MA in Latin American Studies in London and won the John Brooks Travel Award for an essay on Patagonia, published in the 1999 edition of The South American Handbook. The award took him to La Paz where he worked as a staff reporter for The Bolivian Times and correspondent for The Economist Intelligence Unit. Jamie now works as a freelance feature writer and photographer in the Highland Perthshire.

Highly Commended: 

Isabella Browne Lorcher - highly commendedIsabella Borwne Lorcher

Isabella Browne Lorcher has been writing from a very early age. In 2011 she attended the University of Vermont and in 2015 received a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing. While there she was a contributing editor for the Life section of the Vermont Cynic, was on the editorial board for the literary magazine, Vantage Point, where she also had a short memoir piece published in 2015, and worked as a copy-editor for The Borgen Project Magazine. In between all of this, Isabella studied abroad in Bali and the UK, the latter trip inspiring her to move to Scotland after graduation. Isabella now lives in Glasgow where she writers short stories, memoirs, and travel pieces

Gail Aldwin 

Gail Aldwin - Highly CommendedGail Aldwin caught a double decker bus from London to Kathmandu in 1981 and likes to escape from her home in Dorset whenever she gets the chance. She’s lived and worked in Australia, Papua New Guinea and northern Spain. Gail enjoys writing in a range of genres and her work is published online and in print anthologies. You can findGail @gailaldwin and


Malcolm Turner

Malcolm Turner cropMalcolm Turner has been travelling the world for much of his adult life, working and living in a variety of communities and environments, and gaining a thirst for the experiences life offers. After 6 years running an eco-project in one of the most remote parts of Africa, Malcolm has recently settled in the Outer Hebrides to work in community development. Here he hopes to build on some of the writing skills he has developed, and to learn to produce work that reflects his passion for the wider world, and the wonderful characters and complexities it contains.


Previous winners of the Travel Writing Award:

Amy Marwick

Amy Marwick was the 2015 winner.

Amy is a skier and writer originally hailing from Edinburgh, but who now spends most of her time in the French Alps. Amy works as a ski instructor during the winter and has spent the last few years learning more about ski mountaineering in order to undertake some more serious alpine adventures. She has been writing freelance for several outdoor magazines and is keen to develop her writing for longer formats. In her spare time she likes to be outdoors, hiking and climbing, or travelling to far flung mountainous regions in pursuit of snow.

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